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  • Fukushima: More leaks found at crippled Japan nuclear plant

    02/04/2012 5:47:02 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Ktar ^ | 02/03/12 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    More leaks found at crippled Japan nuclear plant By MARI YAMAGUCHI (February 3rd, 2012 @ 8:20am) Associated Press TOKYO (AP) - Leaks of radioactive water have become more frequent at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant less than two months after it was declared basically stable. /snip Workers spotted a leak Friday at a water reprocessing unit which released enough beta rays to cause radiation sickness, TEPCO spokesman Junichi Matsumoto said. He said no one was injured and the leak stopped after bolts were tightened on a tank. /snip The structural integrity of the damaged Unit 4 reactor building has long...
  • Major new leak at Japan's nuclear plant - Kyodo(pipe broke open at reactor #4)

    02/03/2012 7:05:59 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/02/12
    Major new leak at Japan's nuclear plant - Kyodo 01 Feb 2012 22:38 Source: reuters // Reuters Feb 2 (Reuters) - More than 8 tonnes of water have leaked from Japan's stricken nuclear power plant after a frozen pipe burst inside a reactor buiding, but none of the water is thought to have escaped the complex, Kyodo news agency said on Thursday. Kyodo, quoting the Fukushima plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), said the water had leaked from the No.4 reactor when a pipe "dropped off" but that the liquid had all been contained inside the reactor building. The...
  • Food in Japan: Radioactive Cesium from Mandarin Oranges, Milk Industry to Test Milk, and Octopus

    02/01/2012 3:47:23 PM PST · by ransomnote · 9 replies ^ | 2/1/2012 | Ex-SKF blogger
    As days go by, food in Japan doesn't look very appetizing, to say the least. 1. Radioactive mandarin orange from Kanagawa Prefecture Radioactive cesium was found from the edible part of mandarin oranges (which in the US are called "satsuma" for some reason) and the skin. Security Tokyo is a private testing laboratory that uses the high-precision germanium semiconductor detector, not one of those fly-by-night testing "laboratories" cropping up in Japan (like the one who claimed to have "measured" high radioactive "iodine" in the snow in Hachioji. Totally false. Did I write about it? I don't remember...) But here's the...
  • Sea Water Can Corrode Nuclear Fuel, Forming Uranium Compounds That Could Travel Long Distance

    02/01/2012 1:42:33 PM PST · by ransomnote · 15 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 29, 2012 | Ex-SKF blogger
    From UC Davis News and Information (1/26/2012; emphasis is mine): Japan used seawater to cool nuclear fuel at the stricken Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant after the tsunami in March 2011 -- and that was probably the best action to take at the time, says Professor Alexandra Navrotsky of the University of California, Davis. But Navrotsky and others have since discovered a new way in which seawater can corrode nuclear fuel, forming uranium compounds that could potentially travel long distances, either in solution or as very small particles. The research team published its work Jan. 23 in the journal Proceedings of the...
  • 1143 Children (Over 30%) of 3765 Tested for Thyroid Abnormalities in Fukushima Had Lumps or Cysts

    01/25/2012 10:59:51 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 24 replies ^ | Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | Posted by arevamirpal::laprimavera
    (UPDATE: The document issued by the Fukushima Prefecture's expert committee is here (PDF, in Japanese). Total number of children tested: 3765 No. of children found with lumps 5.1 millimeter or larger: 26 No. of children found with lumps less than 5.1 millimeter: 56 No. of children found with cysts 20.1 millimeter or larger: 0 No. of children found with cyst less than 20.1 millimeter: 1086 No. of children with no lumps, cysts: 2622 There are children who have both lump and cyst. ============================================ Waaaiiit a minute... I was looking for more information on the post I wrote about the lumps...
  • Shep Smith Sick???

    01/16/2012 4:22:32 PM PST · by publius321 · 124 replies · 13+ views
    Shepard Smith looks like he's going down hill very quickly. Has anyone heard anything about his status? I don't mean to make light of it or wish him ill but it looks like something is going on.
  • TSA to test its airport scanner operators for radiation exposure

    01/16/2012 7:29:56 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 16, 2012 | Hugo Martín
    The agency will not retest the machines or airline passengers ... After years of rebuffing health concerns over airport scanners, the Transportation Security Administration plans to conduct new tests on the potential radiation exposure from the machines at more than 100 airports nationwide. But the TSA does not plan to retest the machines or passengers. Instead, the agency plans to test its airport security officers to see if they are being exposed to dangerous levels of radiation while working with the scanners. News of the test leaked out after the TSA issued a request last month to government vendors to...
  • A Series Of Unfortunate Events at Fukushima Daiichi

    01/07/2012 3:15:10 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 38 replies
    SimplyInfo - The Fukushima Project ^ | January 7th, 2012 | Blog Post
    There have been a number of odd happenings recently at the plant. What they all mean right now is not totally clear. On January 2nd, the day after the widespread new years quake, the radioactive fallout levels in Fukushima and also in Chiba spiked. A weird white ash was reported by some in Chiba, no word if this is related in any way. On January 6th the cesium levels detected leaking out of unit 3′s intake canal tripled in one day. We still have no explanation for the rush of police cars, fire engines and two buses of workers to...
  • The Yakuza and the Nuclear Mafia: Nationalization Looms for TEPCO(to kick out mobs?)

    12/31/2011 2:10:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/30/11 | Jake Adelstein
    The Yakuza and the Nuclear Mafia: Nationalization Looms for TEPCO Jake Adelstein 2,500 Views Dec 30, 2011 Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the monolithic corporation that controls all electric power in Greater Tokyo, and runs the Fukushima Daichii nuclear plant that experienced a triple meltdown following the March 11 earthquake, is on the brink of nationalization according to Japanese government sources. The official reason is that the firm may not be able to handle the massive compensation payments it owes to victims of the meltdown without going bankrupt. Unofficially, the firm has such long-standing ties to anti-social forces, including the...
  • Scientists Test Sick Alaska Seals For Radiation

    12/28/2011 11:34:52 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 33 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 27th, 2011 | By Bill Rigby
    Experts not sure if woes, from hair loss to bloody lesions, tied to Fukushima nuclear plant. SEATTLE — Scientists in Alaska are investigating whether local seals are being sickened by radiation from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Scores of ring seals have washed up on Alaska's Arctic coastline since July, suffering or killed by a mysterious disease marked by bleeding lesions on the hind flippers, irritated skin around the nose and eyes and patchy hair loss on the animals' fur coats. Biologists at first thought the seals were suffering from a virus...
  • Medical Journal Article: 14,000 U.S. Deaths Tied to Fukushima Fallout

    12/28/2011 7:41:33 PM PST · by Veto! · 89 replies
    Radiation Public Health Project ^ | Dec 19, 2011 | Joseph J. Mangano
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 19, 2011 -- An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima........Just six days after the disastrous meltdowns struck four reactors at Fukushima on March 11, scientists detected the plume of toxic fallout had arrived over American shores. Subsequent measurements by the U.S. Environmental Protection...
  • Compensation for Fukushima Residents: Gift Certificates?

    12/23/2011 2:54:03 PM PST · by ransomnote · 5 replies ^ | 12/23/2011 |
    As Prime Minister Noda plans to ask China if he can borrow pandas for the disaster recovery in Miyagi, Minister of Economy Yukio Edano wants to give gift certificates to all people in Fukushima as compensation for the nuclear accident. Gift certificates are to be used only within Fukushima Prefecture, in order to promote economic recovery of Fukushima. Fukushima Minpo reported the news only in its print version (12/23/2011). Here's partial translation from the image of the article (article image is posted on my Japanese blog): Idea to distribute gift certificates to all Fukushima residents, as compensation for the residents...
  • Japan: 52 Workers at TEPCO Nuclear Plant Infected with Norovirus(really?)

    12/18/2011 6:24:52 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Jiji Press ^ | 12/17/11
    52 Workers at TEPCO Nuclear Plant Infected with Norovirus Tokyo, Dec. 17 (Jiji Press)--A total of 52 workers at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501> crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have been infected with norovirus, the utility said Saturday. The workers, who are employees of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011> and affiliated companies, were installing storage tanks for sludge accumulated after radioactive water decontamination. Some of them was hospitalized but most are getting better after receiving treatment. The number of patients may increase further, according to the plant operator, known as TEPCO. According to TEPCO, the workers reported symptoms...
  • Japan: Fukushima tofu makers not deterred by food concerns

    12/18/2011 6:18:56 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    December 17, 2011 Fukushima tofu makers not deterred by food concerns FUKUSHIMA--As paranoia over contaminated food has the nation on edge, workers in the Tatsugoyama district of Fukushima city are busy producing the local specialty, freeze-dried tofu. "While we worried about the effects from the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, we are relieved because radiation tests by the prefectural government before we shipped out the products found no problems," said Yukio Kurosawa, 75, who has been making dried tofu for 50 years.
  • Japan: 'Absolutely no progress being made' at Fukushima nuke plant, undercover reporter says

    12/16/2011 1:45:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    'Absolutely no progress being made' at Fukushima nuke plant, undercover reporter says Conditions at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are far worse than its operator or the government has admitted, according to freelance journalist Tomohiko Suzuki, who spent more than a month working undercover at the power station. "Absolutely no progress is being made" towards the final resolution of the crisis, Suzuki told reporters at a Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan news conference on Dec. 15. Suzuki, 55, worked for a Toshiba Corp. subsidiary as a general laborer there from July 13 to Aug. 22, documenting sloppy repair work,...
  • Japan: Yakuza involved in Fukushima clean-up: reporter

    12/16/2011 1:26:18 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 12/16/11
    Yakuza involved in Fukushima clean-up: reporter Crime Dec. 16, 2011 - 10:45AM JST TOKYO — A Japanese journalist who worked at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant this summer claimed Thursday that Japan’s yakuza crime syndicates were involved in supplying clean-up crews. “Roughly 10% of plant workers there were brought in through the mediation of the yakuza,” said Tomohiko Suzuki, 45, who has written a book based on his experience at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. “The yakuza are very much involved in this industry but they are not involved as people working on site,” Suzuki told reporters. “They are in charge...
  • Japan: High radioactive cesium levels found at Tokyo school

    12/15/2011 4:33:23 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 12/14/11 | TOMOKO SAITO
    High radioactive cesium levels found at Tokyo school December 14, 2011 By TOMOKO SAITO / Staff Writer Radioactive cesium more than 10 times the standard for waste disposal has been detected on lawn covers that had been placed in a schoolyard from mid-March until early April at Horinouchi Elementary School in Tokyo's Suginami Ward. The measured value, 90,600 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, was more than triple the 26,400 becquerels contained in sludge at a sewage treatment facility in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, about 60 kilometers from the disabled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. "The cover, with its wide...
  • Japan: NRC Evaluation of Radiation Measurements from the USS Ronald Reagan(technetium detected)

    12/14/2011 4:33:29 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Enformable ^ | 12/12/11
  • New York Times: Japan Split on Hope for Vast Radiation Cleanup (Fukushima)

    12/13/2011 1:32:36 PM PST · by ransomnote · 5 replies ^ | Dec 11, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    A very well-written article from New York Times by Martin Fackler, on December 6, 2011. I translated this article and posted on my Japanese blog, but the futility of so-called "decontamination" is best summarized, to me, by the photo that the New York Times put at the top of the article: Even the ardent supporter for the residents' return by decontaminating the towns and cities, Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama of Tokyo University, has this to say: “I believe it is possible to save Fukushima,” said the supporter, Tatsuhiko Kodama, director of the Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo. “But many...
  • Japanese Engineer: "There Was a Nuclear Explosion in Reactor 3 in Addition to a Hydrogen Explosion"

    12/13/2011 1:27:01 PM PST · by ransomnote · 32 replies ^ | 3/13/2011 | Ex-SKF
    There are foreign nuclear experts who have said the explosion in Reactor 3 on March 14 at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant was a nuclear explosion. But this Japanese engineer and whistleblower at JNES (Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization) Setsuo Fujiwara says there were two explosions at Reactor 3: a hydrogen explosion, and a nuclear explosion at the Spent Fuel Pool. The following is my best-effort translation of the interview Fujiwara did with the SPA magazine, without detailed technical knowledge of nuclear physics, subject to revision. From Zakzak (12/13/2011): "The explosion in Reactor 3 at Fukushima I Nuke Plant on...